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Bob Hugin
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Personal details
Born Robert John Hugin
1954/1955 (age 63–64)
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kathy
Children 3
Education Princeton University (BA)
University of Virginia (MBA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1976–1983 (active duty)
1983–1990 (reserve duty)

Robert John Hugin (born 1954/1955)[1] is an American businessman and politician. He is the executive chair of Celgene, a biopharmaceutical company.[2] He is the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New Jersey in the 2018 election.[3]

Education and military service[edit]

Hugin was the first person in his family to attend college, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University in 1976. After graduating from Princeton, Hugin served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an active duty infantry officer from 1976 to 1983.[4] In 1985, Hugin earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Virginia.[5]

At Princeton, Hugin was president of the male-only Tiger Inn, one of the most prominent private eating clubs on campus. In this capacity, he opposed the membership of gay men in 1976. As a member of the alumni board, he also led the club's opposition to a 13-year legal campaign during the 1980s and 1990s to require the club to admit women. In 2018, he said that his views on these issues had since changed.[6]

Business career and community involvement[edit]

From 1985 to April 1999, Hugin worked at J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc. and was a managing director.[7]

Hugin joined the biotech corporation Celgene in June 1999 as senior vice president and CFO. He was elected to Celgene's board of directors in December 2001. Hugin served as Celgene's president and COO since May 2006, and became the CEO of Celgene in June 2010. In June 2011, he was elected chairman of the Celgene board of directors.[2]In 2013, Hugin was named the best CEO in biotech by[8]

Hugin serves on the board of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and served as its chairman from April 2013 - April 2014. He is an independent director at The Medicines Co.[7] He serves on the boards of numerous foundations and educational institutions, including the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, the Darden Foundation at UVA, and Family Promise, a national non-profit network assisting homeless families.[9]

2018 U.S. Senate election[edit]

On February 13, 2018, Hugin announced his candidacy for US Senate from the state of New Jersey.[10] In the first quarter of 2018, his campaign raised a little under $8 million, of which $7.5 million was a loan from Hugin himself.[11] He defeated Brian Goldberg in the Republican primary that took place on June 5, 2018, by garnering 75% of the vote, to Goldberg's 24%.[12] He will face Senator Bob Menendez in the general election on November 6.[1]

Political positions[edit]

On his 2018 campaign website for the US Senate seat in New Jersey, Hugin described himself as a "different kind of Republican" and as an "independent."[13] He openly advertises his support for legal abortion and gay marriage.[14]

Hugin calls himself a fiscal conservative opposed to tax increases in a state with the highest property taxes."[15] He supports making individual tax cuts permanent,[16] and also opposes the cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction imposed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, saying that it is too low.[17]

On social issues, Hugin is more socially liberal than most Republicans.[18] Hugin announced that he is pro-choice on abortion and supports same-sex marriage in a campaign ad. After announcing that he supports legal abortion, Hugin "lost the support of New Jersey Right to Life, the state’s largest pro-life group."[19] He opposes the Trump administration family separation policy, and announced that he supports a pathway to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants.[20]


  1. ^ a b Friedman, Matt (June 6, 2018). "Menendez vs. Hugin: 'Corrupt' senator vs. 'greedy' pharmaceutical exec". Politico. Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Management - Celgene Corporation". Celgene. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ Washington Times. "Menendez, Hugin to fight for U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey". Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame: Bob Hugin". Retrieved June 11, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Robert J. Hugin". Forbes. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ Friedman, Matt (July 20, 2018). "Menendez jumps on Hugin's past opposition to allowing women, gays into elite Princeton club". Politico. Retrieved July 20, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Robert J. Hugin". Business Week. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Feuerstein, Adam (December 11, 2013). "The Best Biotech CEO of 2013 is..." Retrieved June 11, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Robert J. Hugin". Market Watch. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "A Former Pharmaceutical Executive Is Running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey". New York Times. Retrieved February 13, 2018. 
  11. ^ Friedman, Matt (April 9, 2018). "Hugin puts $7.5M of his own money into campaign". Politico. Retrieved June 24, 2018. 
  12. ^ New York Times. "New Jersey Primary Election Results". Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Bob Hugin for Senate". Bob Hugin for Senate. Retrieved June 26, 2018. 
  14. ^ "NJ Senate candidate Bob Hugin doesn't just support abortion, gay rights— he advertises it". June 14, 2018. Retrieved July 7, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Menendez's Republican challenger: 'I'm offended' by senator's actions". Retrieved June 26, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Bob Hugin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)". 
  17. ^ Matt Friedman (February 13, 2018). "Republican Hugin launches Senate candidacy, says he's 'embarrassed' by Menendez". Politico. Retrieved June 24, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Hugin risks alienating Trump voters by courting Dems - New Jersey Globe". New Jersey Globe. June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Hugin's pro-choice stance leaves abortion opponents in a lurch - New Jersey Globe". New Jersey Globe. June 15, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2018. 
  20. ^ "After criticism, GOP Senate candidate Hugin calls for end to separating children at border". North Jersey. Retrieved June 26, 2018. 
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Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from New Jersey
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